Welcome to 365 Days of Motoring

An Everyday Journey Through Motoring History, Facts & Trivia

Belt up and enjoy this 365-day ride as you cruise past the most momentous motoring events in history. Packed with fascinating facts about races, motorists and the history of the mighty engine, this is a must-visit web site for any car enthusiast.

On This Day

Sunday 19th June 1966

52 years ago

Ford GT40's took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at the 24 Hours at Le Mans - the first time an American car manufacturer won the classic 24-hour race. The win wasn't easy for Ford. It came after years of testing and much money spent to improve engineering efforts. And it wasn't until Carroll Shelby took over the program that the GT40 won. Although this 1966 Le Mans race is noted for the Mk IIs sweeping the top three positions, the finish itself was quite the controversial affair. Ford had decided that the Bruce McLaren/Chris Amon and Ken Miles/Denis Hulme cars should cross the finish line together, for two reasons: It would be the first time ever that a pair of cars would take the overall victory at Le Mans, which would drive home the point that the car, a Ford GT, and not a driver, had won the race. Secondly, it would make for a great publicity photo.

Ford GT40s at Le Mans 1966

Ford GT40s at Le Mans 1966